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Duke Energy Ohio to "Go Green" May 9, 2007

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Duke Energy Ohio announced today that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved its application for a green power pilot program.

Under the proposal, customers who receive generation service from DE-Ohio will be able to receive power from renewable resources, including wind, solar, biomass, low-head hydro and other sources. Called Go Green Power, the program would provide an easy option for customers interested in using green energy. 

By designating an initial block of 200 kilowatt-hours of green energy per month, with an option to purchase additional blocks of 100 kwh, customers would be charged an additional $0.025 per kwh, or $2.50 per 100 kwh, above DE-Ohio’s standard rate. The premium reflects the higher price of renewable energy. 

"Renewable energy is playing a more significant role in our overall energy supply," said Sandra Meyer, president of DE-Ohio. "Our program concentrates on Ohio sources of renewable energy, which should provide additional encouragement for their development here, while giving our environmentally conscious customers an additional option for their electric service."

DE-Ohio’s program is a pilot for one year through Dec. 31, 2008. It will determine whether the program will continue, based on customer acceptance and the availability of renewable energy supplies. Customers will be able to apply through in the near future.

Duke Energy Corp., one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 3.9 million U.S. customers. The company has approximately 37,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

Duke Energy’s Ohio operations deliver safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 680,000 electric customers and natural gas service to approximately 420,000 customers.

Contact: Kathy Meinke
Phone: 513-419-5983
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